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Every fantasy NBA owner's team has a few superstars mixed in with some solid players and a few duds, but it takes a couple of surprise draft picks or free agent pickups who turn into viable starters to make a winning squad.
Here are a few "up-and-comers" to help round out your team -
Ramon Sessions, PG, Milwaukee - Came up from the NBDL late last year and averaged 8.1 ppg and 7.5 apg in 17 games. Starting for Luke Ridnour (injured back), Sessions has improved his numbers to 17.3 ppg, 8.3 apg, 4.0 rpg and 1.7 spg. He can't help but get more playing time even when Ridnour returns.
Kelenna Azubuike, G/F, Golden State - On Wednesday he finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 44 minutes of action. His season numbers are more modest, but he continues to earn his coach's respect and more importantly, additional time on the floor.
Delonte West, G, Cleveland - Although West does nothing spectacularly, he contributes in many areas and is a viable backup option. His numbers are up to 11.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.2 spg in 32.6 minutes. He can never be an everyday fantasy starter, but he is a solid backup.
Jason Thompson, F, Sacramento - The Rider University product is looking more like an NBA "player" every day. Thompson's stats read 13.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.8 apg in just 24 minutes of action. As the minutes get higher he will become a fantasy starter. Don't delay in picking the forward/center up if he is available.
Paul Millsap, F, Utah - Coach Norm Sloan keeps giving him more minutes which translates to better fantasy stats. He's now averaging 25.8 minutes per game (up from 20.7 last year and 18.1 in 2006-07) and he is averaging 12.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg.
Quentin Richardson, G/F, New York - If you need three-point shooting help, Richardson is probably the best player available. On Sunday he went off for 28 points, including five three-pointers. He also added nine rebounds. For the season he's averaging 13.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 apg.
Mario Chalmers, G, Miami - It's hard to get noticed when Dwayne Wade is your backcourt mate, but Chalmers has played well. He's not "fantasy-worthy" now, but with Wade's propensity for injury, he could be worth something down the road.
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